Volleyball Concludes Marquette Challenge Sunday
Aug. 25, 2012
2012 Marquette Challenge
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s volleyball team hosts Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sunday in the finale of the Marquette Challenge at the Al McGuire Center. It is the first meeting between the two programs since a 3-1 Wildcat victory on Sept. 18, 2010 in Evanston, Ill..
All tickets purchased for Friday’s season opener against Bowling Green can be used for admission to Sunday’s match vs. Northwestern. The first 200 students to Sunday’s match will receive free pizza, courtesy of Pizza Hut, while the Golden Eagles will also host a “Kickoff Party” featuring children’s activities on the concourse.
MARQUETTE TOPS BOWLING GREEN IN SEASON OPENER: The Golden Eagles began the 2012 campaign Aug. 24 with a sweep of Bowling Green in the first match of the Marquette Challenge at the Al McGuire Center. MU’s newcomers played a pivotal role in the victory as freshman outside hitter Erin Lehman paced the Golden Eagles with 12 kills and a pair of blocks, while junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein added 40 assists. Freshman Ellie Rauch aided the back row with eight digs of her own.
CARLSON, MERTENS EARN PRESEASON ACCOLADES: Seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens were named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team, a preseason survey of the league’s head coaches revealed. Carlson is one of just four unanimous all-conference selections and was a 2011 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, while also earning first team all-conference honors last season. Carlson is vying to become the first two-time All-American in program history. Mertens’ production increased late in 2011, culminating in All-BIG EAST Tournament honors a year ago.
GOLDEN EAGLES PICKED SECOND IN BIG EAST: Coming off a season in which it recorded the best conference record (12-2) and finish (T-2nd) in program history, Marquette was picked second in the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Golden Eagles tied for second place during the 2011 regular season and enter this year pegged for their highest finish during their eight-year affiliation with the league.
ALL HOME MATCHES STREAMED FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR: All Marquette volleyball home matches this fall will be streamed live on GoMarquette.com’s multimedia platform, MUTube (GoMarquette.com/allaccess/). Play-by-Play duties will be shared during the campaign by Kyle Dlabay (Comm, ‘06), Armen Saryan (620 WTMJ/Comm, ‘06) and Eric Brooks (620 WTMJ). They will be joined throughout the season by special guests, including former Marquette AVCA All-American Ciara Jones (Comm, ‘12).
FOLLOW MARQUETTE VOLLEYBALL ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK: Be sure to follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB) and “like” us on Facebook (/MarquetteVolleyball) for updates throughout the year. In addition to live stats and video links found on GoMarquette.com, @MarquetteVB on Twitter will provide live in-match updates during all matches.
• Head coach Bond Shymansky begins his fourth year with Marquette and 11th season as an NCAA Division I head coach. Shymansky has led the Golden Eagles to consecutive 20-win campaigns and has helped MU reach the BIG EAST Championship semifinals during both of those years. MU is a combined 48-20 (23-5 BIG EAST) since 2010 and made its first NCAA Championship appearance in 2011.
• Through his first 10 seasons as head coach, Shymansky had accumulated 237 career victories and a winning percentage of .712, placing him in the top 25 all-time among NCAA Division I head coaches and first among active BIG EAST head coaches.
• Shymansky earned BIG EAST Conference and AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2011, his second such awards after earning ACC and AVCA East Region honors in 2004.
• Six Marquette student-athletes have earned AVCA All-America honors over the last two years, while three of those players have gone on to play professionally.
UP NEXT: Marquette travels to Cincinnati for the Xavier Tournament, where it will face Mississippi, Tennessee Tech along with the host Musketeers.
The Golden Eagles hold an all-time record of 4-9 against the three programs, with records of 4-5 against Xavier and 0-4 against Ole Miss. It will be the first meeting ever with Tennessee Tech for Marquette, while Bond Shymansky topped TTU during his time at Georgia Tech.